Behind the Scene
This page contains a brief overview of the various workshops and then a link to
a gallery with some "Behind The Scene" images taken during the workshop.
They will be in order of newest to oldest.
The Outer Banks, NC - April 20 - 23, 2017: On Thursday, we met at 4:00 after introductions and instructions we
photographed Bodie Lighthouse. The weather was quite breezy and the temps in
low 60's. There was a beautiful sunset and some evening clouds.
On Friday, we went over to Mateo for a Sunrise shoot. It turned into a
gorgeous day. A few clouds with a perfectly crisp spring morning.
Our next stop was the Oregon Inlet Life Saving Station. This Quonochontaug-type
station was the third station at Oregon Inlet. Construction was completed in
February 1898. The first station, one of the original outer banks stations, was
built in 1874. In 1888, due to the shifting channel, it was replaced by a
station 400 feet to the west, which was then destroyed by a storm in 1897. The
1898 station was extensively modified in 1933-34, and further extended in 1979.
It was abandoned in 1988 and was ultimately replaced by a new station in July
1990 on Pamlico Sound.
The wind was very gusty, at times as much as 30 knots or more. We got
sandblasted pretty good and it was also a bit chilly. It didn't matter which
way you turned or if you were wearing a hood or not the sand went everywhere.
We went back to Bodie Lighthouse that evening. Many participants learned how
to do long exposures and some of them got their favorite photos from the
workshop this evening. For sunset half of the group went to the sound side of
the island while half stayed at the light house. Right before the sun set until
a little after it set the sky exploded in a very bold pink and red clouds. No
matter which location you were at, the views were spectacular.
On Saturday, we went to Jeanette’s Pier for a sunrise shoot. The water was
quite chilly according to Bobbie who waded into the water barefoot. The sky was
cloudless, but it was another one of those perfectly crisp spring mornings that
went great with a cup of coffee. Afterwards we went to Stack‘em High for
breakfast. A place not to be missed for their fantastic food.
Our next stop was the Currituck Lighthouse where images were made both
outside and inside this beautiful brick structure. Again, the sky was mostly
cloudless but the sky was a vibrant blue and the weather was divine. Despite
the cloudless sky, the setting was gorgeous and everyone got some good images.
The next stop was the Cape Hatteras lighthouse. From there, we all wandered
in different directions taking a variety of images from various locations and
perspectives. After shooting for a few hours, some sat on the beach enjoying
the sunshine, light breeze and temperatures in the 70’s. We were also treated to
some dolphins bobbing up and down off shore and as we were leaving, the few of
us left on the beach were stunned by their surfing through the shallow waves
right off show giving us a spectacular show.
Next up was the Frisco pier. They are tearing down later this year due to
extensive damage from multiple hurricanes. We had a few clouds in the sky and
the sun felt fantastic but not hot. The waves crashing on the pilings were a
lot of fun to shoot and again many experimented with both long and short
Then we headed off to Salvo for s Sunset shoot. There was a gnarled downed
tree there and 6 of the participants crammed in, found a way to sit there
through sunset and got some very interesting pictures with the tree.
On Sunday, we went to Avalon pier for our last shoot. It was another perfectly
cool and enjoyable spring morning. After shooting here for a few hours, we went
back to the hotel, packed up, said a few more goodbyes and then hit the road.
(click here to see
some Behind The Scene images from OBX 2017)
The Outer Banks, NC - April 7 - 10, 2016: Thursday
was check-in day. We had a great group: 10 participants representing 4
different states: West Virginia, Indiana, Maryland, and Florida. All had been
on shoots with Randy and many knew each other. The plan was to meet in the lobby
of the Days Inn, where everyone decided we needed to go shoot the Bodie
Lighthouse. We didn't stay out too late as the first scheduled shoot for Friday
was a sunrise shoot at Jeannette's Pier.
Breakfast was on the run as we headed for Jeannette's Pier Friday morning.
After that, we ran over to Manteo to shoot the lighthouse, then onto the Dunes
at Oregon Inlet. Cape Hatteras Light was next for a day shoot then back to
Bodie for some sunset shooting as well. We did a night shoot with the Milky Way
at Cape Hatteras Lighthouse as a finale to a very long day: up at 4:30 AM and
back to the hotel about 4:00 AM.
No one was up for anything early on Saturday after getting in so late so we took
it pretty easy. We gathered for lunch then headed to Currituck. Most of the
group got to go up into the lighthouse at least a couple of landings, and we
also spent some time shooting at the shore. As I passed by a couple of our
shooters, I thought of the Hokey Pokey and said something like "Put your right
leg up." They did and I got a shot of it! Photo in the Behind the Scenes
Gallery. Got together again later for dinner then went out for a sunset shoot
on the beach in Salvo. The wind was blowing about 40 mph and while the light
wasn't awful, we were all getting sand blasted and sprayed by foam from the
Sunday was a sunrise shoot at Avalon Pier then back to the hotel to check out.
I scouted a couple of times on the beach at Corolla for horses but had no luck.
All in all, however, I think everyone had a great time and learned something as
(click here to see
some Behind The Scene images from OBX 2016)